Monday, February 23, 2015

Co-Op Sweet Co-Op #1

    As of Tuesday, February 17th, I became the proud owner of a 900 square feet pre-war one bedroom co-op apartment!  The process has been quite annoying and quite long, but I am so excited to own a place all on my own!

   Since I am literally "building a home" from the floor up, I decided to create a little blog series documenting the process.  Since the previous owner (an overgrown frat guy who got married) left it quite a mess I have quite a bit to do before moving in.

Here are the things I want to do:

-refinish the beautiful hardwood floors
-carpet the bedroom
-redo the hallway closet
-paint the kitchen

Here's a little video tour of my new place..I apologize for the iPhone video, but if you've read my blog for any amount of time you know my photography skills are massively lacking.

Next up…Ikea and couch shopping!

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Spring 2015 Fortune Cookie Soap Box

    Fortune Cookie Soap Box is one of my favorite subscription boxes.  As much as I love it, I did decide that this was going to be my last box.  I have so many bath products to use up from them and with now paying a mortgage every month, I really want to limit my extra spending.  So while this one was a hit, it's going to be my last one for a while :(

The theme of the spring box is "Wonderland".  As a Disney FREAK, I love anything that even hints at a Disney movie so this box really excited me.  It's also a nice combination of sweets and florals which is where my scent tastes tend to lie.

From L to R, top to bottom:

*Twisted Tea Party- Bath Tea*
"A light, refreshing, green tea with notes of sweet herbs, vanilla bean, cucumber, golden amber, and hints of neroli and geranium, stirred with a bright sprig of spearmint."

This is my first ever bath tea and I can not wait to try this out!  It smells so yummy and the idea of a scented warm bath is one of my favorite ways to relax.

*Almost Alice- Fortune Cookie Soap*
"Fresh green snap peas and juicy pears brighten this bouquet of sweet pea flowers, and freesia, sprinkled with ripe berries."

This is a very florally scented soap, but I am SO obsessed with the color.  I definitely can't wait to use this in my kitchen.

*Who are you? Incense Cones*
"A mysterious mix of crisp, ripe, pear twisted with tart limes, vanilla orchid, and dash of raw cane sugar."

It's been quite a while since I've lit incense, but I must admit these smell nice and sweet not at all like the musky kinds I remember from my teen years.

*Off With Their Heads Bath Bomb*
"Groves of Meyer lemons and succulent oranges mingle with a perfectly manicured garden of wild roses, violets, and star jasmine perfumed with romantic tones of bergamot and Egyptian musk."

Now that I am moving into a place with a nice big bath tub I plan on taking baths constantly.  This bath bomb not only smells pleasant but looks beautiful.  I can't wait to try it out.

*Futterwacken Body Wash*
"Sun warmed lilies brightened with a splash of grapefruit and breath of fresh air."

It's been 1 or 2 boxes since I have received a body wash from FCS and I really enjoy their formulas.  They are scented without being overpowering and suds up nicely.  This one smells very citrusy and would be good to use in the morning or to nurse a hangover.

*We're All Mad Here OCD*
"Playful mint waters and natural leafy green notes perform a masterful balancing act with musty rich cedar wood."

I am OBSESSED with their OCD hand sanitizers and I have quite a few to use.  This will definitely be added to my collection.

*It's Only A Dream Whipped Cream*
"Calming verbana, lemongrass, calla lily, and citrus blended with leafy greens, ylang-ylang, rosewood and ozone; with hints of soft musk and roses."

This isn't my favorite scent, but their Whipped Creams feel so amazing in that I will still be adding this to my collection and using it.

*Eat Me Perfume Oil*
"Scrumptious yellow cake with a fresh slathering of rick, creamy vanilla frosting, topped with fresh white pineapple slices and garnished with a sprig of blooming cilantro."

FCS Perfume Oils mean business!  This one smells SO amazing  It smells like a summer dessert and these perfumes last so long on the skin it's amazing.  I will be using this one right away!

If you haven't tried Fortune Cookie Soap yet I would really recommend signing up to get their next subscription box.  They are an amazing company that makes high quality products with really unique scents.  This box costs $25 and also comes with a $10 coupon code to use on the site.  It really can't be beat if you are looking for more natural and yummy scented bath products!

Saturday, February 14, 2015

The All Natural Face Box- January

    A few months ago I decided I wanted to try a month or 2 of all of the cruelty free/naturalish subscription boxes I could find.  So far I have been loving my Fortune Cookie Soap Seasonal Box and I really enjoyed my October Petit Vour Box.  After watching a few videos on the subscription box that The All Natural Face offers and trying and enjoying a few of their products, I decided to give it a try!

    Unfortunately, before I even received my first subscription box (I decided to give it 2 months, because they seem to vary in awesomeness month to month) I had a problem.  I was charged for my February box, before I even received my January box!  I had heard that they were incredibly slow with shipping, but  I found that to be ridiculous.  If this was a subscription box that I had planned on staying with, this might be a factor that leads me to think twice.  I really think they need to get their shipping under control or at least not charge for the next months' box before even shipping out the prior one.  Ok, end of rant!

On to January's box.

January's theme was Cherish the way you SPARKLE! Love!

Based on the packaging I'm assuming they knew we wouldn't be receiving this until well into February as it is very clearly Valentine's themed.  However, the products were packaged nicely and the packaging really matches the theme and I appreciate that.

Here are the products I received:

*30 Gram Jar of Fairy Dust (full size- $10)*
"Sprinkle or pat this anywhere.  Use it with eye shadow, powder your shoulders, add it toy our other minerals, sprinkle it everywhere."

When I saw the size of this product and saw how much it contained, I was pretty impressed.  After swatching it, I saw that it was a beautiful color and felt like silk.  I am interested in looking for various ways to incorporate this into my beauty routine.  Any suggestions?

* 5 Free Nail Polish in Nights in White Satin (baby bottle, full size is $7)*
"The color, Nights in White Satin, seemed like a good Valentine's Day addition! Go ahead, be a girl and skip the poisons at the same time."

I have been reading about the chemicals and toxins found in most nail polishes, so I was very happy when The ANF released 5 free nail polishes.  I love mother of pearl type colors, so I am very interested in trying this out.  This is a product I am glad I received as I probably wouldn't spend $7 on a nail polish typically.

*Tinted Moisturizer BB Cream (mini size, full size $11.50)

"All of our lotions are at least 40% oil and crammed full of wonderful extracts, in other words, incredibly moisturizing and in this case age defying and sun protecting!  This lotion contains vegetable squalane and evening primrose for anti aging goodness.  Over 1/4 of the bottle is squalane oil.  Licorice extract for evening out the complexion and zinc oxide for sun protection!  Only use a dot of this!  Less is more is our mantra!

Wow- what description!  This shade is rather dark and bronzy and when swatched it really only offers a bit of glowiness.  With that being said, I would love to try this out at the beach one day with a tan as it does sound like it has a lot of skin healing properties.

*Pandora's Box Flavored Vegan Massage Oil and Personal Lubricant ($7.50 for 4 oz)*

A massage oil and personal lubricant that is actually good for you.  This is the unflavored version and is just coconut oil!  Do be careful with oils and condoms- they don't mix.  In most there brands..dimethicone is waterproof (plastic really..ew), and glycerin has been linked to yeast infections..what's a girl to do…The All Natural Face!*

I must say, I did not think I would be receiving a massage oil/lube in my box.  Especially when they are telling me, it's just a container of coconut oil.  With that being said, I never turn down coconut oil so I will be using this….on my hair haha.

*Peppermint Icing Lip Gloss (full size- $4.60)*

"Our peppermint oil is wildcrafted from the USA and it tastes like candy!  I promise you will love the wonderful flavor.  This lip gloss is great for every girl out there!  Wear it alone or over a lip stick.  It has a slight shimmery look and wonderful peppermint flavor.*

This product I was actually excited to receive as I have a Rimmel sparkly lip gloss that I have been looking to replace with a cruelty free find.  This is exactly it!  However, when they say peppermint flavor, they mean it!  This is extremely pepperminty and definitely takes some getting used to.  It just offers a very shiny finish with some slight shimmer, I love it!

Swatches with flash from L to R:
*BB Cream
*Lip gloss

Swatches without flash L to R:
*BB Cream

So the total value of the box is around $23 and I paid $15 total so I did get more than my money's worth, but I am honestly not in love with this box.  I was really hoping to get some of their skin care and I feel like the giant sized jar of Fairy Dust was just a way to get in a full size product.  I am hoping February's box (which I assume I will receive in mid-March) really blows me away.  With that being said, I will be using or trying all of the products so maybe I will be changing my song after playing around with the products.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Cruelty Free Faves So Far- Lips Edition

   It's been a while since I've posted an installment into my "Cruelty Free Faves So Far".  So far I have done face makeup and eyes.  Today's post focuses on lips!  I found lips one of the easiest beauty categories to find cruelty free favorites in.


*The Honest Co. Organic Lip Balm in Lavender Mint*

I don't even remember when I received this balm, but it was quite a while ago.  It stayed in my collection unused until a few months ago and it's been LOVE ever since.  It's very emollient without being too greasy or sticky.  The scent is nice, yet not overwhelming.  If you are to try any Honest Co product, I would recommend this as the first one.

Lip Gloss

*Silk Naturals Kisser Slicker*
I have only one of these in the color Rare Berry.  It's not your typical lip gloss packaging, but when applied on the lips it does appear quite glossy and lightly pigmented.  I really want to try more of these lip colors from Silk Naturals

*ELF Essential Super Glossy Lip Shine*
I have quite a few of these $1 glosses, but this shade in Goddess is my absolute favorite.  These are a bit on the sticky side and not really pigmented, but they add a beautiful sheen and shimmer to the lips and act as a nice topper to nude or pinky lip looks.  For only $1 how can you resist?

*Younique Lucrative Lip Gloss*
This is the most opaque of my favorite glosses and acts more as an actual lip color than just a lip gloss.  However, this does provide a very glossy finish and is a bit on the sticky side.  This color in Loveable is the perfect milky pink and a great compliment to smokey eyes.

Lip Liner

*Younique Moodstruck Precision Pencil Lip Liner in Pouty*
I must disclose that this is the only lip liner I own, as I am not the biggest fan of liners.  However, with the massive popularity of the Kylie Jenner lip, I had to get my hand on a liner and THIS is the perfect Kylie lip liner.  It's a great 90's inspired color yet is still flattering.  I really love this color and actually want to experiment with more of their lip liners.

Traditional Lipsticks

*Milani Color Statement Lipstick*
I'm not a huge lipstick fan as I usually find them very drying, but this is a great exception.  Milani lipsticks are insanely affordable and also insanely pigmented.  This one in High Voltage is an amazing Marilyn Monroe inspired red.

*Too Faced Le Creme Lipstick in Naughty Nude*
This lipstick I bought after the makeup artist used it on me for my birthday party.  This is a beautiful nude lipstick that is a bit more brown than a typical nude.  It's very creamy, yet long lasting.  Plus, how beautiful is this packaging? 

 * Lipstick Balm/Pencils*

*Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil*
During the Sephora Friends and Family sale I purchased the little tin of Bite Beauty High Pigment Lip Pencils and I am ever glad I did!  This berry color, Rhubarb, is my favorite of the group.  These are super high pigmented and because it applies like a pencil you can get very precise application.

*ELF Matte Lip Color*
I got this when I saw a Youtube video where this was used to slightly overdraw the lips for a fuller look.  I haven't yet worked up the guts to exaggerate my lip size, but I do really like this is a base layer for a creamy nude gloss or lipstick.

*Liquid Lipstick*

*Mally Beauty High Shine Liquid Lipstick*

I have a few of these and they are such an interesting texture.  They apply like a gloss and have the sheen of a gloss, but have the pigmentation and lasting power of a lipstick.  I heard these are available at Ulta now so I would go play with these ASAP!

Have you tried any of these lip products?  If so, which one is your favorite?? 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Me Time Tag

     I saw this Me Time or Pamper Me tag going around Youtube, and not only do I love a good tag, I love me some good pampering!

What do you watch or read during me time?
         My favorite time to do "me time" is on Sundays.  If it's a Sunday I am most likely watching Law & Order: SVU and Youtube videos.

What do you wear during me time?

      I am a leggings fanatic when it comes to my rest and relaxation time.  I am most likely wearing a pear of leggings and a cozy tee.

What are your me time beauty products?

    I don't wear makeup or anything during my "me time" but I do use some pampering products.  I alternate between a few face masks, currently using Vitamin E Masque from The Body Shop (trying to finish it up!) and this microdermabrasion scrub Fortune Cookie Soap.  I also use this time to deep condition my hair with Lush's Roots hair mask at the roots (DUH) and coconut oil through the tips.  I leave this on for as long as possible and shampoo it out with Lush's Big Shampoo.

Current favorite nail polish

     I don't really have a favorite nail polish at the moment. I haven't been maintaining my nails as much as I should be at the moment!

What do I eat or drink during me time?

    It depends on what time of the day I'm having this "me time".  If it's early enough I'll have a cup of coffee, if I stretch it out until later afternoon I'll have a cup of decaf and if it's evening I'll be drinking my yummy sleepy time tea.
     My favorite thing to eat during pampering time is anything current favorites have been chocolate pb Vitatops or vanilla yogurt with strawberries.

Current favorite candle

  It's not actually a candle, but these faux Scentsy type things from Jo-ann Fabrics.  These Tuscany Candle Frosted Cookies Fragrance Melts smell like fresh baked sugar cookies!  I love food scents.

Do you ever have outdoor me time?

   During the spring and summer I love to have outdoor me time.  Sometimes my friends and I go for long walks and sometimes I just go grab my lawn chair and sit outside with a good book.  However, during this frigid, below freezing temperatures I'm a fan of indoor me time only.

Would I ever go see a movie alone?

    My dad goes to see a movie by himself every Saturday and I find that so empowering.  With that being said, I don't know if I could.  I have no problem going shopping or running errands or doing whatever by myself, but a movie or out to an actual sit down restaurant by myself?  I don't think I could.

Favorite online shop?

   Etsy.  I am ALL about that Etsy!  I could search Etsy for hours.  The people on that site are so insanely talented it makes me jealous!

What else do you do during me time?

     Other than watching TV and Youtube videos, I also like to write on my blog and read others' blogs and decorate and write in my Erin Condren Life Planner.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

January Random Faves

     This is probably my favorite of my random favorites.  As it contains my first super luxury fashion purchase!

*Louis Vuitton Speedy 30 in the Damier Ebene Canvas*

I have been buying Coach bags since I was a teenager and recently began lusting after Kate Spade and Michael Kors bags, but never in my life did I think I would own a legit Louis!  This bag is beautiful and it just feels so gorgeous.  It takes even my most basic of basic white girl outfits into something special.  I will be a taking it back to get my initials put on.  Some people don't like that look, but this is my bag and you better believe I want everyone to know it!

*Erin Condren Life Planner*

Ever since being introduced to the planner community over a year ago, I debated on purchasing an Erin Condren Life Planner.  It's a pretty hefty price tag ($50) to pay for a book that will be thrown away at the end of the year, but I must admit I am really enjoying it.  My days usually consist of a lot of little tasks that I usually end up forgetting.  This book gives me enough room to write all of those things down.  I'm also starting to take classes again, and find this helpful for that.  I don't know if I would purchase the ECLP again for next year or a more affordable alternative, but I am really enjoying it right now.

*Target Dollar Spot Coupon Organizer*

I sort of fell off the couponing bandwagon for a while, but when I picked up this adorable coupon organizer from Target for only a $1, it quickly got me back on the couponing craze.  If you have yet to check out your Target Dollar Spot, I really don't know what you're waiting for!

*Mind Over Munch on Youtube*

This is such an awesome Youtube channel!  She has great recipes and I even downloaded her book on meal prepping and am starting to make some of her recipes this evening.  She's very informative and super realistic with her recipes and meal plans.  If you are looking into a healthier lifestyle I really suggest checking out her channel!

So those are my January rando favorites.  I will be doing a "What's inside my purse" post and a "How I use my Erin Condren Life Planner" post soon! 

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